Drafting Buccaneers: 5 Players to Watch Monday at the Combine
Jalen Myrick – Cornerback, Minnesota
If the Bucs add secondary depth in the later rounds, look for Minnesota’s Jalen Myrick to be a guy they target.
His NFL.com Combine Profile calls his ability to stay in the league for long in question, but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.
The more and more NFL teams turn to three and four receiver sets in the passing game, the more cornerbacks who are deemed to be just slot cover guys are going to gain some importance.
Myrick may not come in with obvious future potential to lock down the outside, but he can be a complimentary piece to a secondary in need of depth. Sounds like the Bucs, right?
Whether or not he develops into a starting caliber outside corner is irrelevant right now, as he’s not being drafted to start and he’s not being asked to replace Brent Grimes in 2017.
His return history adds some flavor to his resume, and he could find a nice spot as a return specialist for a few years.
The Buccaneers actually have quite a few names in their cornerback group including Ryan Smith who will be moving to the position after a rookie year spent toiling at safety and on special teams. (He’s the guy who made the Michael Jackson play on punt coverage if you didn’t know)
He’d be a good bet for the practice squad as a rookie grabbed up with a late round pick, but if injury concerns brought him up to the active roster, he’s a guy who brings good physical attributes to the field.
This will wrap up our combine previews and get you prepared for the last day of position drills. Coming up we’ll be having a recap of all the excitement which took place in Indy, so come back for that soon.
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